One down, a few more to go?
The Flyers on Saturday signed prospect Linus Hogberg to an entry-level contract. The rights to Hogberg would have expired Monday if the Flyers didn't ink the 2016 fifth-round pick.
During 2019-20, Hogberg, a 21-year-old Swedish defenseman, had 14 points (five goals, nine assists) through 50 games with the Vaxjo Lakers playing against men in the SHL. The 6-foot-1, 176-pounder is regarded as a strong skater and intelligent passer.
Linus Högberg (21 years old, LHD) has signed an ELC. His rights were set to expire on Monday.— Flyers Prospects (@futureofphilly) May 30, 2020
Högberg's offensive totals and ice time has gradually increased every year in the SHL, and aside from this past season has consistently put up stellar possession metrics. #Flyers pic.twitter.com/aQXG2C2M0c
Lehigh Valley could be gaining more with Wyatt Kalynuk and David Bernhardt, who remain unsigned. Bernhardt, another Swedish defenseman, needs to be signed by Monday or his rights will expire. It's uncertain if the Flyers will ink the 2016 seventh-round pick.
It appears Kalynuk has decided to forgo his senior season at Wisconsin as he plans to turn pro in 2020-21.
Tony Granato tells @ToddMilewski that Flyers prospect Wyatt Kalynuk is planning to turn pro.— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) May 27, 2020
In March, the Wisconsin coach told us more about his 23-year-old "elite offensive defenseman." https://t.co/4WWPU3CrZ8
Kalynuk is an offensive-minded defenseman who has developed a ton with the Badgers. His rights were set to expire next summer. Now that he is leaving Wisconsin, it would be surprising if he's not signed soon by the Flyers. If, for some reason, both sides don't agree to terms, Kalynuk can eventually become a free agent.
"Philly has had lots of people here and been very instrumental in his growth as a player," Wisconsin head coach Tony Granato said. "I think when they drafted him, they recognized out of the gate that this guy could be a big part of their organization moving forward. They’ve been hands on, they’ve been here a lot, they’ve done it respectfully in a way that they’ve helped him a ton in preparing to get ready for the next step.”
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